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Why I Believe Conor Oberst’s Anonymous Rape Accuser

Why I Believe Conor Oberst's Anonymous Rape Accuser

The recent rape allegations against Conor Oberst of the band Bright Eyes hit really, uncomfortably close to home for me.

In the past few weeks, it’s come to light that an anonymous xoJane commenter confessed in a comment in a post thread that when she was 16, a decade ago, she had some inappropriate sexual contact with Oberst, who was in his mid-twenties at the time. The comments have since been deleted but a rape allegation was made; the commenter wrote that her husband had encouraged her to “out” Oberst as a means of empowerment. Keep reading »

Daisy Coleman, Teen Rape Victim In Missouri, Hospitalized After Suicide Attempt

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14-Year-Old Girl Is Raped And Left To Freeze On Her Front Porch, Town Rallies Behind Her Attacker
14-year-old Daisy Coleman from Maryville, MO, is raped. Read More »
Daisy On CNN
Daisy Coleman and her mother speak about Maryville rape on CNN. Read More »
2nd Maryville Victim Talks
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Paige Parkhurst, second Maryville victim, speaks. Read More »
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Daisy Coleman, the Maryville, Missouri, teenager whose rape by a politically well-connected classmate attracted nationwide attention, tried to commit suicide this week.

Daisy was raped in 2012 at age 14 by some of her male classmates at a party she attended with a girl friend. Both girls were given alcohol by older boys and allegedly raped while drunk; one of the rapes was allegedly recorded with an iPhone camera and passed around school. The night, the boys dropped Daisy and her friend, Paige Parkhurst, off at Daisy’s home. While Paige made it inside, Daisy was left outside on the front lawn overnight in freezing temperatures while drunk. Her alleged rapist, high school football player Matthew Barnett, then 17, had all charges dismissed against him. Matthew is the grandson of a MO state representative. Keep reading »

Ten Arrested In India Over Gang Rape Of Young Woman

India's New Rape Laws
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India now could have the death penalty for rape. Read More »
India's Rape Culture
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A 17yo gang rape victim committed suicide, while another is dying. Read More »
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Indian newspaper ad implores men to respect women. Read More »
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Six people have been charged in the alleged dual gang rape of a 21-year-old woman in India earlier this week. In all, 10 people were arrested in connection with the attack, which occurred on Christmas Eve.  Keep reading »

Teen Accused Of “Public Lewdness,” Kicked Out Of School For Reporting Rape

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  • An East Texas high school student was thrown out of her school after she reported a rape inside the band room from a fellow student. Officials shuttled them both to a program for troubled students, where the then-17-year-old had to see her attacker constantly. She was accused of committing “public lewdness.” This is a messed-up story and some great work by reporter Abigail Pesta. [MSNBC]
  • Uganda has passed a law against homosexuality which punishes gay behavior with life in prison. [Al-Jazeera] Keep reading »

Read The “Stomach-Churning” Sexual Assault Accusations Against R. Kelly

It’s been two weeks since R. Kelly released his latest album, Black Panties, reigniting the discussion around the singer’s extremely disturbing history as a sexual predator of young, Black women and girls, and the pass he has gotten from many in the music industry. The Village Voice has an interview with music journalist Jim DeRogatis, who has done a significant amount of the reporting on the charges against Kelly over the last 15 years, and has shared much of his research and documentation with the paper. ”The saddest fact I’ve learned is nobody matters less to our society than young black women,” DeRogatis told the Voice. ”Nobody.” The interview, in which DeRogatis “speaks frankly and explicitly about the many disturbing charges against Kelly,” and the “stomach-churning” case documentation he’s shared with the Voice should not be ignored. Read and share at the link. [Village Voice]

WTF: Creepy Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Only Gets Three Years Probation

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigns over sexual harassment
San Diego mayor Bob Filner admits to "intimidation" of women. Read More »
Filner Enters Counseling
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Can counseling fix a mayor who sexually harasses and assaults? Read More »
"Blurred Lines" Parody
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News station parodies "Blurred Lines" asking Filner to resign. Read More »
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Former San Diego mayor Bob Filner, who resigned in August after he was accused of sexual harassment and assault by 18 women, has been sentenced to three months of home confinement and three years of probation. Three of those women filed charges against the disgraced former Congressman: two counts of misdemeanor battery and one count of felony false imprisonment. Justice has been served … um, NOT. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Why Does Anyone Still Think It’s Okay To Listen To R. Kelly?

The Soapbox: Why Does Anyone Still Think It's Okay To Listen To R. Kelly?

R. Kelly is one of the most successful R&B artists of our time. He’s sold 54 million records globally, had a career that spans three decades and penned classic records that have provided the soundtrack for some of our best moments.

But while folks were bumping and grinding to his hits, other things were going bump in the night. Keep reading »

D.C. Police Officer Charged With Taking Nude Photographs Of 15-Year-Old Girl

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“Shocking and disturbing.”  These are the words of Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Chief of Police Cathy Lanier after an officer was arrested on Monday for the production of child pornography by taking nude photos of a 15-year-old girl. Keep reading »

Alabama Judge To Resentence Rapist Who Got Zero Prison Time

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Following an outcry over some complete and utter bullllllshit, an Alabama judge will resentence a convicted rapist who got exactly zero prison time for his crimes. Austin Clem was found guilty by a jury of raping a teenaged girl, who was his neighbor, twice when she was 14 and again when she was 18.  Two weeks ago, Judge James Woodroof sentenced Clem to two years in a program for non-violent offenders — despite the fact that rape is one of the most violent acts there is — and three years of supervised probation. Everyone but Austin Clem himself promptly asked Judge Woodroof, What the fuck are you thinking?  The district attorney for the Limestone County jurisdiction appealed the sentencing as too lenient. His victim, who is now age 20, even went on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show to speak out against his slap-on-the-wrist sentencing. The judge has responded accordingly: yesterday, he filed paperwork for re-sentencing.  Put that criminal behind bars where he belongs so he can’t hurt someone else again. [WHNT, Mother Jones]

Former ESPN Editor Warns Son To Get Texts Proving Consent To Sex

Blame The Victim
SMU columnist blames rape victim
SMU columnist says rapists can't be the only ones taking blame. Read More »
"Stop Getting Drunk"
The Soapbox: Slate Tells Young Women To "Stop Getting Drunk," Majorly Misses The Mark On Alcohol & Rape
Slate.com tells young women to stop getting drunk, misses the mark. Read More »
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Why women everywhere should be concerned about binge-drinking. Read More »

Never have sex with a girl unless she’s sent you a text that proves the sexual relationship is consensual beforehand.  And it’s a good idea to even follow up any sexual encounter with a tasteful text message saying how you both enjoyed being with one another — even if you never plan on hooking up again.

This is the advice of Roxanne Jones, founding editor of ESPN The Magazine, in an op-ed on CNN.com about what she teaches her college-aged son as he navigates the sexual waters of university life. She continues:

Crazy, I know, but I’ve actually been encouraging my son and his friends to use sexting — minus the lewd photos — to protect themselves from being wrongly accused of rape. Because just as damning text messages and Facebook posts helped convict the high-schoolers in Steubenville of rape, technology can also be used to prove innocence.

In other words, Jones teaches her son that women cry rape all the time and he should protect himself from false accusations of sexual assault with inadmissable evidence, like a text message.

The only problem with this little plan is, well, everything. Keep reading »

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